Your Town, Jan. 6, 2013


My hands were so cold the other day, I stuck them in the freezer to warm them up.

I don’t normally enjoy eating ice cream in the winter months, but I am considering a few scoops, piled high in a cone, to shake off the relentless chill.

Yes, I know, we live in Colorado, it should be something we’re used to. But then again, I like to get used to fewer layers before I head out the door, a little less heater blasting in the car, and it really is more comfortable wearing only one pair of socks.

Here are a few heartwarming stories from the community. Hope they keep you thawed until next Sunday.

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will present a Community Service Award to Marie Walz during a ceremony and reception at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman Education Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

Walz is recognized for her volunteer efforts in organizing and training volunteers for the AARP Tax-Aide program.

The chapter will also honor students from area high schools as DAR Good Citizens at the ceremony. Check out the Student Spotlight page in Monday’s Sentinel for information on the students honored.

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction was featured in the January/February 2013 issue of the Kiwanis Magazine, an international publication distributed by the organization.

The six-page feature details the numerous organizations and individuals who benefit from Kiwanis Club activities and included photos of local Kiwanis members and various activities, as well as a picturesque view of Colorado National Monument with autumn colors in the foreground.

To read the online publication, visit and click on “view the digital magazine.” Click on the story titled “No Stone Unturned.”

The American Society of Safety Engineers, Colorado Plateau Chapter will have its monthly seminar from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday at Western Colorado Community College, Building B/Culinary School, Meeting Room, 2508 Blichman Ave.

Congratulations are in order, regarding the forming of the new chapter.

According to a news release, “the idea for the ASSE Colorado Plateau Chapter began about seven years ago when an ASSE member was transferred to the Grand Valley. There were no professional safety and health societies meeting in the area, with the closest ASSE Chapter more than a four-hour drive. Thanks to the determination of a handful of people and a donation from one of their employers, late in 2005, some 15 safety professionals attended the first unofficial meeting.”

The Four Corners Chapter was contacted to sponsor Colorado Plateau as a section and by June, 2006, the section bylaws were approved and the Colorado Plateau Section was created. During the summer 2012, some 80 members voted to apply for a chapter designation and by October, the chapter was approved and official.

Future plans for the Colorado Plateau Chapter include additional activities of community involvement, (such as local college scholarships) local business technical tours and more diverse presentations at scheduled monthly meetings.

The January seminar program is “OSHA Recordkeeping,” presented by Meagan Meagher, of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

You do not have to be a society member to attend. Cost is $8 for members ($5 without lunch) and $13 for nonmembers ($8 without lunch).

Pre-register — lunch or no lunch — by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Visit for information.

The Grand Junction Christian Women’s Network, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, meets the second Thursday of the month for lunch and program.

The organization will meet at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive. The meeting theme is “Old Treasures — Is it worth anything?” Take a small treasure to be appraised by Dusty, of Antiques on the Avenues.

“You can have the life you always wanted,” will be presented by Linda Roush of Mack.

Cost is $14 for the program, meal, and tip. First-time guests pay $7.

Call Sher at 257-7468 for reservations or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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